Volunteer Spotlights

An important aspect of Grinnell’s mission is to graduate individuals “who are prepared in life and work to use their knowledge and their abilities to serve the common good.”

Grinnellians have a long history of giving back to their alma mater, communities, and those in need.

Below, we have put the spotlight on Grinnellians who have made the world a better place. These are their stories.


Stephen and Karen ClarkKaren and Stephen Clark

“I’m from a family that believes in being philanthropic in education,” Karen says. “It’s a natural to provide that. It’s also easy to give because our son likes the school so much.”

Parent couple bring art expertise to Faulconer Gallery Leadership Council


Emily Zaffiro ’19, president of the Student Alumni Council, addresses the class of 2022 at the annual Medallion Ceremony.Emily Zaffiro ’19

“I was raised in a family that volunteers and gives time and money to organizations that they believe in. I did community service when I was younger in the Girl Scouts. Grinnellians have a tradition of putting in time and money to the College, so I wanted to give back too.”

Volunteering a high priority for Student Alumni Council president


Kathryn (Kat) DiFoxfire Wilson ’93 Kathryn DiFoxfire Wilson ’93

“I got involved last year and had a lot of fun compiling the packages, so I decided to do it again this year. Many Grinnell students are far from home, so I think it’s nice that everyone receives a care package.”

Alumna uses team approach to assemble 97 care packages


Steven Johnson '08Steven Johnson ’08

“Grinnell is important because it was where I found my niche, a connection to people through social justice programs,” he says. “I like bringing that experience in my volunteering. I enjoy talking and connecting with potential students. I find that we are like-minded in many ways: we believe in social justice, in giving back, and being active.”

Alumnus connects with next generation of Grinnell students through GRASP program


If you know a Grinnellian volunteer who has generously given their time and talents, consider sending along their name for a future volunteer spotlight story to the Alumni Editorial Team.